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Abbatt [née Cobb], (Nora) Marjorie (1899–1991), promoter of toy design and businesswoman, was born on 18 March 1899 at 12 Lovelace Gardens, Surbiton, Surrey, the elder daughter of Edward Rhodes Cobb (1872-1965), a well-to-do fur broker, and his wife Marion Murray ...


John William Odell (1920–2007) by Chris Ware, 1968 [right, with Leslie Smith] Getty Images


Odell, John William [Jack] (1920–2007), businessman and toy manufacturer, was born on 19 March 1920 at 736 Holloway Road, Islington, London, the elder son of William John Odell, bus driver, and his wife, Alice Esther, née Williams. Expelled from council school at the age of thirteen for what he later described as rebelliousness, he failed to find regular employment, drifting from ...